Written By Trevor Weller
My Father Charles Weller was my hero. He represented everything a father should be and then some. He was kind, supportive, funny and most of all selfless. My father was taken from me September 1, 2019 due to a cascade of medical errors. My father entered the hospital for a “routine (as they said)” procedure involving a potential leak in his aortic stent. They wanted to do this procedure even after specific x rays just 2 weeks before showed no such thing. When they went in for the procedure they determined in actuality there was no leak, meaning they went in for no reason. Within 24 hours he was rushed to the hospital with an infection. After 9 days of doing virtually nothing but giving him ineffective antibiotics he was taken to the ICU with pancreatitis. His decline after that was one of the most brutal things I have ever had to witness.
Shortly after his passing I learned how difficult pursuing justice would be. In PA there is a 2 year statute of limitations on pursuing malpractice, yet it is 5 for receiving stolen property. I have been turned down by 18 legal firms and have had to overcome everything from being short changed and delayed on his medical records, to attempts to have my videos taken down because of the juggernaut I was taking on. At the end of the day this hospital got over 614,000 dollars off my dad, a man who made about 12,000 a year.
This plight has become more than just for my dad. Medical Error is the 3rd leading cause of death in this country claiming between 250,000 and 444,000 lives a year. I am pushing forward for your uncles, grandparents, brothers , sisters and anyone else who has been directly affected. This isn’t about bashing or attacking a profession. This is about 2 things………Accountability and Responsibility. Things need to change.